Fantôme Saint-Roch - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Well pour (oops I am getting ahead of myself, I meant poor) Saint Roch wouldn't fit in my luggage on the way back from Belgium, I guess I'll just have to drink him before I go. This is a very well carbonated bottle, as many a Fantome are, as a careful pour still summons forth a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head has fantastic staying power, as it slowly subsides it forms deep mountains and valleys in my Cantillon tulip glass. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows a lightly hazed, wildly carbonated, light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells distinctively of Fantome with a nice fruitiness that reminds me of melons, Macintosh apples, floral nectar, lightly tart berries and super ripe red pears. A touch musty, with an earthy spiciness that is backed by a considerable, pale-toasted grain character that smells a bit like whole grain crackers.
This lively effervesces as it crosses my tongue. There is a super sort of fruit character to this beer that reminds me of things like pears, aromatic apples, ripe currants and, in the lingering finish, ripe strawberries. Nice and light bodied on the tongue, the carbonation certainly helps with this, but the body is fairly quaffable all on its own; this is certainly dangerously quaffable give its stated 8% strength. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish and also some nice soft tartness, both of which help to balance the up front fruitiness. The tartness is interesting, it is light enough that it may have come from some sort of fruit that Dany decided to add to this batch, or it might be some interesting fermentation by-product; Either way it adds a nice touch to this beer that works with the other elements. The bitterness is fairly light, but gets accentuated by some spicy higher alcohols that are otherwise not really noticed.
A very nice Fantome, there isn't any overt funkiness to this beer, but what is here works really well and harmoniously. This is definitely a tasty brew, and one that I would have loved to have a couple extra bottles of to take home.
07-25-2010 20:16:59 | More by Gueuzedude
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Best by March 2012
Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Beautiful burnt red body that is clear with a splash of orange. A thin white head forms on top and manages to maintain well. Elegant lacing. The second pour is a bit more cloudy.
Floral citrus mixed with red and white grapes on oak. Hay and earthy grain with just a touch of funk. Reminds me of a warm summer afternoon outside. Some fruit acidity . One of the better Fantome aromas. Well done.
Oak, hay and green apple, followed by a blend of red and white grape with the skins. Earthy with some herbal spice and dusty grains. Tasty.
Mouthfeel has a slickness to it with light, but spritzy carbonation. Just a touch of alcohol comes through, mostly in the back of the throat. Slightly dry.
Drinkability is good. I've had a handful of the Fantome offerings and this is probably my second favorite behind their original saison. The nose great and the taste follows suit. Another excellent beer from Fantome. I wish you could find this one stateside. Worth seeking out.
02-19-2011 23:26:07 | More by sisuspeed
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
A: yellow/orange, very murky. The head held very little.
S: Spicy nose, slightly acidic, fruity (citruses, oranges).
P: Slightly sour, yeasty, with lemon aromas. Also spicy and fruity (orangees, yellow fruits).
M: Light carbonation, light on the palate, very refreshing.
O: Nice beer, easy drinking and aromatic.
05-09-2013 14:17:00 | More by Fux
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
From: Etre Gourmet
Best by: February 2012
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
An apparently mildly sour-forward Fantome saison, with nods, for me, towards dried grasses, sweet herbs and lemon rind. Perhaps one of my favorite Fantome offerings at this point, one I'm wish I had another bottle of to have again later.
Pours a 1cm head of white bubbles, fizzing quite substantially, with a fairly rapid subsidence, leaving modest lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is a hazy golden yellow-brown color, with light bringing out yellow highlights alongside the sides of the beer.
Aroma is very champagne-like at first: sweet, dry, and white grape-like. With some time and warmth, a bit of dry herbs and wild grasses becomes noticeable, along with a slight lemon tartness.
Taste is somewhat similar to smell in that it invokes dry, tart white wine for me, at times reminding me of a mild sour mixed with a light saison. Much less sweet than other Fantome beers I have had. Other flavors include some light grain and dried grasses in the forefront, slight lemon flavors, and a bit of saison yeast. Perhaps my batch had some noticeable pedioccocus relative to others, and the age may have reduced the herbal components others noted, but this was still a delicious mix of flavors and a surprise as I had little knowledge about the origins or flavors in this beer.
The beer's body is medium-light to light with a fairly medium-high to high level of carbonation. The result is a crisp and quickly drinkable beer with a satisfyingly dry finish.
08-26-2012 17:26:34 | More by falloutsnow
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.
Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.
The beer is light orange colored and fairly hazy, with a finger or so of white head. The aroma is pleasant, offering citrus fruit, funk, hay, lemon zest, floral scents. Lots of citrus fruit in the flavor. I am convinced that there is some radical batch and bottle variation among Fantôme beers, as I am not picking up on a lot of the fruit flavors described in some of the other reviews. Light funk throughout. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Light to medium in body with appropriate carbonation. One of the best saisons of the more than two dozen sampled last night.
11-07-2011 02:13:31 | More by Huhzubendah
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Drank from my Duvel Tulip
A - Pours a hazy burnt Orange colour, with a foamy white head that reduces quite quickly.
S - Little bit of citrus and spice with plenty of floral notes. Quite pungent.
T - Plenty of citrus spice up front finished by some stewed dark fruits and maybe a little malty tea.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
D - Very nice saison that is well disguised.
01-06-2011 07:52:24 | More by eric5bellies
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
A - A little cloudy with a slightly burnt orange color, somewhat the color of an IPA. Average sized foamy white head with about average retention. Thin layer of lacing left with it being thicker and congregating to one side.
S - Similar to some other Saison/Fantome aroma with some funk and barnyard, lemon citrus, spice, and floral aspects. This has a bit of a red fruit and a little more floral/tea like aroma. Slightly musty, tea-like beer.
T - Similar to the nose. Starts out with some of the normal Saison/Fantome beers with some lemon, spice, and such. Mid sip to finish, some more barnyard kind of funk comes out along with a somewhat tart and sweet red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, and apple). Floral/tea-like flavor combines with the berry flavor on the finish. Slight malty undertone.
M - Medium to light body with a good amount of carbonation. Slight drying finish and a touch of smoothness.
D - Very drinkable and the ABV is pretty much not existent in the taste. It really sneaks up on you. Nice mix of flavors with a different take on a saison.
Notes: Nice beer, not my favorite saison or beer from Fantôme, but a good one. Unique saison taste that is a bit darker and has a bit more fruity flavor. Taste reminded me a bit of a berry flavored tea. ABV is very well hidden.
06-03-2010 14:02:39 | More by FreshHawk
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
Bubbly white head that sticks wonderfully to the sides of the glass. Turbid golden color. Up front is a vanilla brett smell mixed with citric infused lactic acid. Sort of reminds me of a dulled citric air freshener. Dry, waxy mouthfeel. Tangy wheat. I keep finding this citric acid presence. It mixed nicely with the lactic acid and small amount of brett. Usually I don't find even an moderate strength brett character in Fantomes but this one was nice. Or maybe the brewer is playing tricks on my taste buds. He's pretty good at that.
10-06-2010 17:35:32 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours a golden straw color with a big fluffy white head. Hazy body, lots of gunk at the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma is unlike most other saisons. Vanilla-y, earthy, funky aroma with a strong fruity (honeydew melon? cherries?) background. Not sure exactly what is going on in the aroma but its definitely more sweet/fruity smelling than most saisons. The flavor comes through with more sweet, citrusy, funky notes. Tart, but not offensively sour. Finishes rather sweet, but still very characteristic of the style.
Wish I could get another bottle of this. Amazing brew.
08-21-2011 03:51:05 | More by muttyd
District of Columbia
4.93/5 rDev +21.7%
This one blew me out of the water. THIS is why I hunt beers. This is a deserted island beer.
Slightly better with a light chill to it.
Appearance: nearly opaque rusty-reddish-copper pour with an enormous, lightly tan head. Nice lacing down the glass.
Smell: Oh it is sour? The eyebrow slightly arches. Oh it is that beautiful fantome funk with a light sourness? Eyebrow arches to the max. Elation as I madly suck in foam to try it. Also lots of fruit here, I get honeysuckle, melons, raspberries and pears. Nice faint musty backdrop. Perhaps some strawberry sangria also, but also the elements of a fruit tea with lemon? Funny how a bottle of fantome can be a moving target for the senses.
Taste: This beer is amazing. The sourness hits at first, then subsides and appears on the finish. Mid-pallate is full of light funk and must (of the typical fantome signature variety), along with honeysuckle, mellon, raspberries (and other berries) and pears. The tartness makes this one.
Mouthfeel: Rather dry, silky but a bit thin. This finish on this one is the best part. The sourness lingers with the funk, no bitter or vinegar, with a slight sweetness.
Drinkability: I tried to slow down and enjoy it but doing so was damn hard. Probably my favorite fantome, followed by strange ghost and the regular version. Why did I only have this one? I got goosebumps at one point, this is that good. Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all I suppose. This is one of those beers when you set down the iPad/computer, kick back in the recliner, and relax, rolling it around on the tounge.
10-01-2010 01:46:27 | More by craytonic
Fantôme Saint-Roch from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.